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Festivals of Shiva

  1. Maha Shivaratri (Magha Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi)
  2. Aani Uthiram (When Uthiram nakshatra is in ascendancy in the Tamil month of Aani)
  3. Uma Maheshwar Vrata (Bhadrapada Poornima)
  4. Karthik Poornima (Karthik Shukla Paksha Poornima)
  5. Bhairava Ashtami (Karthik Krishna Paksha Ashtami)
  6. Arudra Darshanam (Agrahayana Shukla Paksha, when Arudra Nakshatra presides)


Maha Shivaratri:

Sri Shiva Maha Shivaratri is the night in which Lord Shiva is worshipped. Devotees keep awake all night during this auspicious time and worship the Lord. Maha Shivaratri falls on Magha Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi.

Refer to:
- Stotras of Shiva
- Pilgrimages of Shiva


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Aani Uthiram:

Shiva Aani Uthiram is a South Indian festival day when the Aani Thirumanjanam (Maha Abhisekham) is performed on Lord Nataraja in the Chidambaram Nataraja Temple. Aani Uthiram falls on the day when the Uthiram nakshatra is in ascendancy in the Tamil month of Aani.

Refer to:
- Stotras of Shiva
- Pilgrimages of Shiva


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Uma Maheshwar Vrata:

Shiva-Parvati Uma Maheshwar Vrata is observed by married couples for long and happy married life. Uma Maheshwar Vrata falls on Bhadrapada Poornima.

Refer to:
- Stotras of Shiva
- Pilgrimages of Shiva

- Stotras of Devi Parvati
- Pilgrimages of Devi Parvati


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Karthik Poornima:

Sri Shiva Deepam Karthik Poornima is the day in which Lord Shiva killed the Tripurasuras and destroyed their cities. Lord Shiva danced the great Tandava dance during this destruction. This day is celebrated as Deepavali or festival of Light by burning oil lamps. Karthik Poornima falls on Karthik Shukla Paksha Poornima.

Refer to:
- Stotras of Shiva
- Pilgrimages of Shiva


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Bhairava Ashtami:

Sri Kalabhairava Bhairava Ashtami (Kala Bhairava Jayanti) is the day which celebrates the birth of Kala Bhairava. Bhairava Ashtami falls on Karthik Krishna Paksha Ashtami.

Refer to:
- Stotras of Sri Bhairava


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Arudra Darshanam:

Sri Shiva Arudra Darshanam is the day in which the Cosmic dance of Lord Shiva is celebrated. Arudra Darshanam falls on Agrahayana (Dhanurmasa) Shukla Paksha, when the Arudra Nakshatra presides which normally falls on Poornima.

Refer to:
- Stotras of Shiva
- Pilgrimages of Shiva


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Bharatavarsha - The Land of Gods and Sages:

1. Stotras by Deity:
Initial: Ganesha - Hanuman - Gurudeva - Gayatri
Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
Tridevis: Saraswati - (Lakshmi - Tulasi - Bhoomi) - Parvati
Others: Murugan - Surya - Ganga - Yamuna - Narmada - Others
Final: Vedas - Brahman

2. Pilgrimages by Deity:
Initial: Ganesha
Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
Tridevis: Saraswati - Lakshmi - (Parvati - Shakambari)
Others: Murugan - Ganga

3. Sadhana: Sadhana - Hermitages - Penances

4. Saints: Ramakrishna - Vivekananda - Ramana - Saints

5. Sacred Geography: Forests - Mountains - Rivers - Lakes

6. Puranas: Scriptures

7. Religious Life: Stotras - Puja - Pilgrimages - Festivals - Varnashramas - Samskaras - Traditions

8. Other Aspects: Sanskrit - Arts - Music - Dance - Medicine - Architecture - Astronomy

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